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Pono Kai Resort

2.5 of 5 Resort   |   4-1250 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
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Ranked #8 of 12 hotels in Kapaa
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed at Pono Kai Resort through our RCI timeshare. We stayed there for a week before heading to Honolulu. The staff, especially the concierge were HELPFUL we did all of our activities through them and enjoyed every single one. We stayed in the building closest to the street which was fine. Noise was not an issue at all. The... More

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California City, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff was helpful anytime. Clean bath towels every other day. Beach towels were plenty. Grounds are magnificent. Pool perfectly maintained. Bike path was a nice addition. Didn't have an ocean view room, but still a lovely view. Couch and chair in condo could be more comfortable. Will definately stay again and highly recommend just for the location alone. Middle of... More

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Hayward, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have stayed at the Pono Kai many times over the years. It is NOT a fancy 5 star resort. I like the fact that it is a relatively small, quiet older resort situated right on the beach. You have to keep in mind that this complex has private units owned and rented by individuals (many through Marc Resorts). The... More

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Pacific NW
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pono Kai is a most relaxing, laid back resort. The grounds are meticulous and the the staff friendly. I do enjoy the welcome/orientation gathering 2 mornings a week where they promote several activities and also give-aways to lucky winners. Our unit looked out to the ocean. The wide paved path for walking or biking goes for miles and so nice... More

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Palmyra, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here in early July in Unit H308. The unit overlooked the grounds and pool. As previously noted, AC is in living room and bedroom can get a little warm. Kitchen floor was creaky. My apologies to the unit below me for my early morning coffee. Furniture was in good condition and the kitchen was well stocked. Resort is adjacent... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was concerned when I read the mixed reviews on tripadvisor, but was pleasently surprised. We stayed in a partial kitchen and it was really all we needed. The majority of the resort income appears to go into the grounds rather than the rooms. Rooms: dated, but clean. We had a queen sized bed and a pull out couch. Partial... More

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CondoRentalsHI, Condo Rental Agency at Pono Kai Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Pono Kai Resort. I am not sure if you stayed in one of the condos our vacation rental company manages, but we are glad to hear you enjoyed the grounds and consider the property a gem. We think it is too! Mahalo, Keith Condominium Rentals Hawaii More

Rocky Mountains, CO
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ok, it's not the St. Regis, but we still thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Pono Kai. The location is great at the edge of Kapaa's downtown district, and right at the start of the Kauai path. Our room had wonderful ocean views, the staff were all VERY friendly and helpful, and the grounds were in excellent condition. The full kitchen... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just got back from a wonderful family vacation - a total of 15 of us stayed in 5 condos at the Pono Kai. It was a perfect choice for us. The first-floor 2-bedroom unit was especially good for hosting dinners with BBQs nearby and the kids (ages 5-15) loved playing soccer on the grass right outside our door. The... More

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in a larger two bedroom unit and it seemed poorly constructed. We could hear everything that was going on upstairs. My husband and I had to share a room with twin beds that were too short. The service and staff was only okay. They try to charge for the internet and as a consequence, it never really works... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been a time share holder for a 2 bedroom unit here for the past 8 years. I have not only enjoyed the location of the resort, the spaciousness of the units, the amenities, the cleanliness of the grounds & the units themselves, but most especially the staff who over the years have bent over backwards to make sure... More

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Address: 4-1250 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pono Kai Resort 2.5*
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Pono Kai Hotel Kapaa
Pono Kai Kapaa
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